Microsoft’s Surface Neo/Duo might support control logic and gestures

Surface Duo

Microsoft recently announced Surface Neo and Surface Duo with
Windows 10X and Android respectively. The new devices should
begin shipping to customers around the world in December 2020,
but the company is apparently looking towards the next
iteration of the device or improving the existing prototypes.

According to a new patent application uncovered by us,
Microsoft might be working on ‘Control logic’ for Surface Neo
or Duo to determine the information to be displayed on various
screen regions and enable gestures support.

The patent titled ‘DEVICE HAVING A SCREEN REGION ON A HINGE
COUPLED BETWEEN OTHER SCREEN REGIONS’ was published by
USPTO on October 31, 2019, and filed by Microsoft on July
8, 2019.

With Control logic, Microsoft hopes to render the correct
information on one or multiple regions of the screen. Control
logic will also determine the state of the hinge and as well as
the volume controls to improve the multitasking experience.

Surface control logic

In the filing, Microsoft states that Control logic will handle
the movement of UI elements from one side of the device to
another. Control logic can also help users with controlling
multiple processes.

With Control logic, Surface Neo and Surface Duo would be able
to detect a gesture and direct it to a specific region of the
screen.

“In accordance with this example, the control logic may
determine an interface element (e.g., a virtual bookmark) to be
displayed on the third screen region. In another example, the
control logic may determine a notification to be displayed on
the third screen region,” the patent reads.

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